Senate Health Policy Committee to hear presentation on alarmingly low immunization rates in Michigan

Who:
State Sen. Jim Marleau, chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee, along with members of the committee, Michigan physicians, pharmacists, school nurses, public and health plan organizations, and concerned citizens.

What:
Senate Health Policy Committee meeting regarding statewide immunization rates.

When:
Thursday, Oct. 10
2:30 p.m.

Where:
Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor
Boji Tower
124 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48933

Brief:
The Senate Health Policy Committee will hear a presentation by the Department of Community Health regarding immunization rates in the state.

At 5.3 percent of the population, Michigan has the fourth-highest rate in the nation of parents refusing to immunize their children, according to numbers compiled by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Michigan State Medical Society, less than 72 percent of Michigan children and 63 percent of adolescents are fully immunized, leading to recent outbreaks of preventable diseases.

Several health organizations and individuals plan to testify at the hearing on the need to raise immunization rates in Michigan.